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The Courts

June 22, 2012 | Daily News

The National Federation of Independent Business, in the event the Supreme Court invalidates the entire health reform law, will focus on lowering small businesses' health care costs through private insurance market reforms such as equal tax treatment in the employer-sponsored and individual insurance markets, insurance portability and allowing employers to voluntarily pool with others to form larger risk pools, an NFIB lobbyist tells Inside Health Policy.

June 21, 2012 | Daily News

Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal said Thursday he has been surprised by the number of media and otherwise savvy court watchers who have suggested that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts or Justice Antonin Scalia want to “stick it to Obama” and would therefore vote to overturn the health reform law.

June 21, 2012 | Daily News

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told House Republicans Thursday to hold off on celebrations following next week's Supreme Court ruling, and that if the Justices strike down all or part of the health care law “there will be no spiking of the ball.”

June 20, 2012 | Daily News

Key health policy experts said Wednesday (June 20) that they do not believe the Supreme Court will do more than strike the health law's individual mandate -- if they decide at all that a part of the law is unconstitutional -- and the highly watched high court ruling could very well be “anti-climactic.”

June 20, 2012 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association on Tuesday (June 19) distributed to its members “pre-decision” talking points on the health care law that emphasize hospitals will continue to move forward with efforts to improve care, reduce costs and pursue new delivery approaches regardless of the Supreme Court outcome, while also telling members they should be ready to argue that hospital payment cuts agreed to as part of health reform should be scrapped if coverage expansions are struck down.

June 20, 2012 | Daily News

America's Health Insurance Plans has put together a post-SCOTUS ruling outreach strategy, dubbed “The Link,” that emphasizes use of media outlets to drive the group's message that there is an inextricable link between market reforms and universal coverage, according to an internal AHIP email.

June 20, 2012 | Daily News

BOSTON – FDA is unlikely to administratively approve biosimilars if the Supreme Court throws out the entire health reform law including its biosimilars approval pathway, the agency’s top drug official told a gathering of biotechnology industry officials.

June 18, 2012 | Daily News

Employers providing health benefits will press CMS to determine as rapidly as possible which of the health law's provisions that would improve health care quality -- including value-based payments, comparative effectiveness research and transparency -- could continue to move forward and under what authority should the entire health law be struck down by the high court, the American Benefits Counsel, which represents large employers offering health benefits, says.

June 14, 2012 | Daily News

Groups opposed to the health reform law are weighing in on FDA user fee payfor mechanisms, saying that both House and Senate options should be included because some savings are dependent on the health reform-created biosimilar pathway and would be wiped out if the Supreme Court shoots down the health law later this month.

June 14, 2012 | Daily News

The insurance industry will continue to push for a phase-in to the health law requirement that limits, starting in 2014, the amount insurers can charge older patients for premiums to three times the cost of what younger consumers pay, America's Health Insurance Plans President and CEO Karen Ignagni told Inside Health Policy in a recent interview.

June 14, 2012 | Daily News

Several Democratic health care consultants downplay the notion that this week's pledge by a handful of insurers to implement some of the health law's insurance market reforms regardless of how the Supreme Court rules offers a reprieve to Republicans who are having a hard time coalescing around a health reform replacement plan.

June 13, 2012 | Daily News

The insurance industry lobby on Tuesday issued a statement assuring consumers that their current coverage benefits will be retained at least until the end of the year should the Supreme Court throw out the health care law, a move that comes only a day after several insurers announced that they would retain certain popular market reforms regardless of the high court's decision.

June 11, 2012 | Daily News

United Healthcare's announcement that it would keep certain popular health reform provisions regardless of the Supreme Court's decision on the law's constitutionality quickly opened the floodgates for other large insurance companies to take action, with Humana and Aetna making similar announcements Monday (June 11), something that could partially ease Republicans' efforts to come up with an ACA replacement plan.

June 11, 2012 | Daily News

UnitedHealthcare will voluntarily maintain certain popular health reform provisions -- such as covering young adults up to age 26 on their parents' policies, offering preventive health care services without cost-sharing, eliminating lifetime limits and not pursuing coverage rescissions except for in cases of fraud -- regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on the law's constitutionality, the company announced Monday (June 11).

June 02, 2012 | Daily News

Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack on Friday (June 1) pointed to Medicare Part D as a “prominent example” of how large numbers of individuals can be encouraged to purchase health coverage without having an individual mandate, should the Supreme Court only strike down that piece of the law in a decision that is expected by the end of the month.

May 30, 2012 | Daily News

The director of CMS' Medicare and Medicaid Coordination Office affirmed that the agency intends to continue implementing the duals demonstration program regardless of the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, which the administration is still confident will be upheld.

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